Starting that New Job with Style

By: John Hutchins, Vice President, Client Services

Making a good first impression is always important.  Throughout your job search, you’ve done everything in your power to stick to that cardinal rule.  Now that you’ve landed a new job, making a good first impression is more important than ever.  Here are some pointers on starting that new job with style:

  • Rather than showing up empty handed on your first day, plan ahead and have the standard employment forms completed when you arrive. You can easily find the W-4 and I-9 forms on the internet.  Remember to bring originals and copies of the supporting documentation for the I-9 form.
  • Dress conservatively during your first week on the job. Hopefully, you paid attention to the company’s dress code during the interview process.  It’s better to be a bit over-dressed during that first week while you’re meeting and getting to know your boss and co-workers.
  • Verify everything you can about our first day on the job. Confirm the date, time and location.  Be sure to ask where you should park and how much it costs.  Also, who should you ask for when you arrive?  Many times, you start with someone in HR, rather than your boss.  Make sure to obtain their phone number, just in case you get a flat tire or are just running late.  Being prepared in this way will help to remove some stress from an already stressful situation.
  • Arrive to the work location at least 30 minutes early. When you arrive, wait in your car or find a nice place to sit and relax before starting your first day.  Actually go into the office about five to 10 minutes before you are scheduled to start.  This 30 minute window will go a long way in helping you reduce the stress of starting a new job.  It will give you time to deal with the unexpected, such as bad traffic, unexpected road closures, finding a parking spot, etc.

Starting your new job with style means taking control of those things you have control over.  It means showing up on that first day in charge of yourself and your destiny.  It will leave your boss and coworkers with a lasting impression that will benefit you in immeasurable ways as you grow and advance with your new employer.

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